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Falling on Your Feet

Helix Arts Falling on Your Feet is our dance and health programme with people aged 65+ who are living independently. We are currently working with talented dance artists in communities across the North East. Regular workshops lead to high quality co-choreographed pieces which can wow local audiences. Participants have fun, get fitter and make new friends!

Helix Arts Falling on your Feet has been awarded 3 years' investment from Dunhill Medical Trust and The Henry Smith Charity. We are entering the second year of investment April 2018.

Past programmes have taken place in West Denton, Wallsend, South Shields, North Shields and Sunderland. You can see media reports about our 2016 pilot programme in West Denton Community Centre in the Chronicle and on ITV Tyne Tees. You can also read an article on Falling on Your Feet in South Shields in the Shields Gazette.

As well as our current programme we have three new programmes starting from January 2018 and are looking forward to working with more venues, partners and groups over the next few months and years.

"Strictly it isn't - but it IS strictly good for you and pensioners on Wearside and Tyneside can prove it. They are getting fitter and learning to prevent falls by taking to the dance floor in a programme called Fall On Your Feet. They say it IS helping their mobility. BBC Newcastle's Alisha Jackson joined a session in Sunderland, where she met creative producer, Sam Burgess."

Listen to the BBC Newcastle piece here.


Current programme 2017/2018

To take part in Falling on Your Feet you will need to pre-register for a place on the sessions. You can call us on 0191 241 4931, or email foyf.helixarts.com


In South Shields, Falling on your Feet took place over summer and autumn 2017. We are delighted to be working with Cultural Spring to continue this programme in 2018. Cultural Spring is funded by Arts Council England. The group will continue to meet weekly on a Friday, and sessions are open to new participants.

Sessions will run for ten weeks from Friday 19 January 2018, 3.45 – 5.15pm at Ocean Road Centre, South Shields, led by dance artist Megan Brown.


In Sunderland, Falling on your Feet took place over Autumn 2017. We are delighted to be working with Cultural Spring, which is funded by Arts Council England, to continue this programme in 2018. The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays, and sessions are open to new participants.

Sessions will run for ten weeks from Tues 23 January 2018, 1.00- 2.30pm, at St Luke’s Church, Pallion, Sunderland, led by dance artist Tracey West.


New Falling on Your Feet groups in Darlington, Stockton and Walker for 2018

In Walker, Falling on Your Feet with run every Tuesday and Friday, from Tuesday 30 January 2018 and Friday 2 February 2018, at 10- 11.30am in St Martins Church and Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle, for ten weeks (some dates will be missed due to Easter Holidays).

The sessions will build towards a relaxed sharing event and will be led by dance artist Tracey West.


In Darlington, Falling on your Feet will run every Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 11.30 am, from Wednesday 21 February and Friday 23 February 2018, for ten weeks (some dates will be missed due to Easter Holidays).

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Landscape Partnership, RIver Tees Rediscovered. The sessions will lead towards a relaxed sharing of a co-choreographed performance work based around the theme of the River Tees and the heritage of the area.


Stockton dates and venue to be confirmed... Watch this space for further details.


If you would like to join any of the sessions you can REGISTER ONLINE, call us on 0191 241 4931, or email foyf.helixarts.com


If you would like to join any of the sessions please call us on 0191 241 4931, or email [email protected].

Dance can help:

  • Increase strength and improve balance
  • Improve flexibility
  • Keep your heart healthy
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost memory

And our Falling on your Feet dancers make new friends while having fun and getting fit.

If you would like to know more do contact our team on 0191 241 4931 or email [email protected]

You can read the Executive Summary of the Falling on Your Feet Evaluation here.

And a paper published in Gerontology & Geriatrics: Research here.

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